This comes to my attention a little late for implementing this year, but something to consider for another year, perhaps:
“Creationtide is a concept introduced by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Demetrios I, 1989.
Since then, September 1 (chosen because it is first day of the Orthodox ecclesiastical year) has been adopted as the start of Creationtide. This is the season, running to St Francis day on October 4, when churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it. Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland adopted the concept in 2008. In 2016, Pope Francis declared 1 September an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creationtide.
While its adoption was in part driven by the complex environmental crises the human race faces, Creationtide draws on much deeper roots in Scripture and in older Christian traditions of the relationship between God, humanity and the created order.
The timing of Creationtide means it is an excellent way of rooting traditional harvest festivals in wider issues and firm theological ground.” CofE Comms.
- Material for Seasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, commended by the House of Bishops for use at the discretion of the minister https://www.churchofengland.org/media/41161/tsagyear.pdf
- Resources for worship and prayer produced by the Environment Task Group https://www.churchofengland.org/media/2555436/creationtide
- A series of liturgical resources, including collects, post-communion prayers, forms of intercession and additional material for the Eucharistic Prayer, produced for trial use by the Diocese of Guildford http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/docs/default-source/default-document-library/trial-creationtide-liturgy7f3f234c90046456ad78ff0000437928.docx.
- A liturgy for All-Age Worship, produced by Canon Johnson while an incumbent in the Diocese of Manchester https://www.churchofengland.org/media/2555423/
The World Wide Council of Churches’ list of resources is here.
Textweek provides the following 3 year cycle of resources for Creationtide:
|Season of Creation:|
|Year A:||Creation 1A||Forest|
|Year B:||Creation 1B||Earth|
|Year C:||Creation 1C||Ocean|
And it’s worth checking out the CofE blogs on environmental issues.